Meet HCR Runner: Carlinda Lopes. Portugal.
A funny anecdote:
I don’t know the amount of flying bugs that have entered my nostrils or mouth while running, there is probably a habitat growing in my stomach. I specifically remember one time I ran from Brussels to Leuven as a preparation for a marathon. When I arrived exhausted to Leuven after running 34 km, I had to lie down with my legs up for 15 minutes under the suspicious eye of the locals. I was once followed by a police car home because I was running late at night and they wanted to make sure I would arrive home safely. Should I go on?
My favourite expression:
In Portuguese we say: “Quem corre por gosto não cansa“. The literal translation is “Who runs for pleasure does not get tired“, which means when you enjoy doing something you spend lots of time and energy pursuing it without getting tired or bored. This saying is about that good feeling of working on something we love. I think it is an appropriate motto for the 20 km!
My favourite athlete:
Rocky immediately comes to mind. Someone who single-handedly solves the Cold War after winning a boxing match against the robot-like athlete who killed his best friend, is pretty much the definition of a role model. A close second is Rosa Mota, she is a former marathon runner and the first sportswoman from Portugal to win Olympic gold. She is definitely an inspiration for her achievements in the sport and for making Portuguese nationals so proud!
My objective for this Brussels 20km:
My goal is to finish in 2 hours or less. If I achieve that time, I will consider myself the winner of the whole race, but I might need a wheelchair afterwards.
HCR Runner Carlinda Lopes is running for RANA (Refugees Are Not Alone) to support the integration of refugees in Belgium. Show your support here: https://www.gofundme.com/hcr4rana